LICTON SPRINGS COMMUNITY COUNCIL
Board Representatives Present:
President Liz Kearns called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. She reported that Bruce Kieser was out of town, and Ken Thompson was at this evening’s North Precinct gathering.
We had introductions around the table. Visitors were warmly welcomed.
Next Liz asked Claire Bohmann to explain her project. Claire is a UW student doing her Senior Geography Honors Thesis about Aurora Avenue and the neighborhoods, including Licton Springs, bordering it. She is doing research on community building mechanisms, accomplishments, expectations and goals. She hopes to gain a better understanding of the role Aurora plays in the lives of those who interact with it and is hoping to interview residents in the neighborhoods surrounding Aurora to understand the views and goals among these residents.
Discussion continued about Aurora Commons, a community space at 8914 Aurora Avenue North that was developed to provide a safe place of hospitality along Aurora Avenue. The driving force behind this development is the Awake Church. They wanted to develop a place where everyone was welcome, from homeless/transient to residents living nearby and visitors to our area. Everyone is welcome.
There was also a discussion of a homeless woman living at Wilson Pacific who uses the toilet by the track. These are difficult times.
Liz announced the Licton Springs Park bathrooms are only open five to six months out of the year.
There was also a discussion of the flooding which happens repeatedly in our area. Liz said that in the 35 years she has lived in the neighborhood, the flooding has become progressively worse. She believes this is due to the increased development to our north end and the fact that the underground pipes are too small for the current volume of runoff water. The situation is only going to get worse.
Tom Meyer mentioned the book by David Williams entitled Street Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from Seattle. Tom knows David Williams and suggested that it might be possible to go on a walking tour led by Mr. Williams in our City. All were enthusiastic about doing this!
Sidewalk on North 100th
She also mentioned there was a covenant between the City and NSCC to have sidewalks extending away from the College. Doug Cox had informed Liz that NSCC is on the list to get a sidewalk from North 97th to North 100th on College Way.
Discussion of the proposed amendments followed. Kathleen Braden moved that the Amended Articles be approved, and Kay Mesirow seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
A discussion of the duties of corporations with 501(c)(3) status followed. It was thought that once we achieve the status, the IRS will send us guidelines. It was agreed that we need a backup system for our financial records.
There was a discussion of what exists at Wilson Pacific, which our Neighborhood Plan focused on as a home base for the neighborhood. There is a gym and shop with equipment. It’s unfortunate that there can’t be community programs to make use of these resources.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.